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Sony DCR-SR60 30GB 1MP Hard Disk Drive Handycam Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom

by Sony

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  • Built-in 30 GB hard disk drive for easy file storage and one-touch DVD burning
  • Capture 1-megapixel still images directly to the HDD
  • 20x optical zoom; 800x digital zoom
  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD monitor for easy viewing
  • Easily connects w/ TV and PC via the included Handycam Station
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Media Type: Hard disk drive
  • Optical zoom: 20 x
  • Shooting Modes: Normal movie mode, Digital photo mode
  • Display Size: 2.700000 inches
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000GWE83C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,678 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Manufacturer Description With a 30GB built-in hard disk drive, the DCR-SR60 lets you capture up to 20 hours of video or nearly 10,000 still pictures in 1-megapixel digital still memory mode. With on-screen zoom and record buttons, and a 2.7-inch LCD wide touch-panel swivel screen, you’ll have complete control over every detail of your video.

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DCR-SR60 Highlights

Recording Time (30GB)

  • HQ (9Mbps): 7 hours, 20 minutes
  • SP (6Mbps): 10 hours, 50 minutes
  • LP (3Mbps): 20 hours, 50 minutes

1.0-megapixel Advanced HAD CCD imager; 1070K gross 1/5.5-inch Advanced HAD (Hole Accumulation Diode) CCD with 690K (effective) video pixels provides stunning detail and clarity, for exceptional video (up to 520 lines of horizontal resolution) and still image performance. Realize great looking digital still images with 1,000k effective pixels.

12x optical/800x digital zoom The optical zoom helps to bring the action close up from far away. In addition, the digital zoom interpolation means that extreme digital zooming is clearer, with less distortion than previous types of digital zooms.

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High-quality Zeiss optics ensure you'll get the most from the SR60's 1-megapixel CCD and 12x optical zoom
Professional-quality Carl Zeiss Vario- Tessar lens Carl Zeiss lenses have an advanced optical multi-layer coating for increased contrast. This results in vivid image brilliance, true-tolife color saturation and perfect renditions of subtle tones.

2.7-inch wide touch-panel SwivelScreen LCD Display (123K pixels) The 2.7-inch wide (16:9) LCD screen provides excellent viewing clarity. The high resolution 123K-pixel LCD screen rotates up to 270 degrees for multiple viewing angles providing sharp, detailed images for monitoring or playback, and the widescreen format makes shooting in 16:9 mode and composing shots even easier.

Digital still memory mode Capture still images up to 1152 x 64 resolution, directly onto the internal 60GB hard disk drive for easy transfer to PCs for emailing and printing via the computer.

One-touch wide-angle shooting Easily switch between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios for shooting, with just the touch of a button.

One-touch DVD burn Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect you DCR-SR80 to your PC via the Handycam Station and supplied USB cable and press the one-touch DVD burn button.

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Easily transfer video and still images to your PC through the Handycam Station
Handycam Station Simply placing the camcorder on the supplied Handycam Station cradle provides quick connections to a TV for viewing or a PC for editing and sharing, all while charging the battery so your camcorder is always ready to go.

Progressive shutter system A mechanical shutter system that provides progressive-scan performance while utilizing an interlaced scanning system. Digital still images will be sharp and clear with excellent definition.

Super SteadyShot picture stabilization system An advanced version of Sony's SteadyShot system that controls an even higher range of shake and vibration frequencies, to achieve an even higher level of smoothness without degradation of video like some other image stabilization systems.

Analog inputs Record any analog NTSC source to digital via the analog inputs. Perfect for archiving analog tape recordings. This recorded videocan then be transferred to your computer for editing or duplicating onto a DVD for easy sharing.

USB 2.0 interface USB 2.0 interface provides an easy way to connect your hard disk Handycam camcorder to the computer for fast transfer of video and still images to your computer for editing. The camcorder can also be used as an external storage device, convenient for archiving, storing and trasporting your videos and still images.

DVDirect compatibility The DVDirect system allows for easy transfer of video and still images to a stand-alone DVD burner via USB 2.0.

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HDD Smart Protection keeps your hard disk drive safe from impact
Easy PC backup Easily back up your footage to your PC using the supplied software. The footage will be stored on your PC's hard drive for archiving purposes and viewing at a later time; the footage is stored by date allowing for quick access. In addition, only new footage is transferred to your PC each time you backup your footage.

HDD Smart Protection A unique shock absorber protects the hard disk drive from physical damage if the unit is dropped. When the 3G sensor detects a drop (loss of gravity) the power to the hard disk drive is turned off in order to prevent damage. During this time the DCR-SR80 remains powered on and recording video to the built-in buffer. Once the unit has recovered from the drop, the buffer is then recorded to the hard disk drive.

Active interface shoe Provides a location directly on the camcorder to which one may add optional accessories while providing power and twoway communication with those accessories.

Additional Features

  • Super NightShot Plus Infrared System
  • Manual focus
  • On-screen zoom and record buttons
  • Program AE (Auto Exposure) modes
  • Picture effects
  • Fader effects
  • InfoLithium battery with AccuPower
  • Meter system
  • Battery information
  • Easy Handycam button
  • Tele Macro function

What's in the Box

AC power adapter/camera charger (AC-L25), InfoLithium rechargeable battery (NP-FP50), Remote Commander remote control (RMT-835), Handycam Station, A/V cable (stereo), USB cable, ImageMixer for hard disk drive Handycam camcorder, application software, drivers, and handbook

Note: Additional software required for use with Apple computers.

Product Description

This camcorder shoots videos and stills without tapes or discs! Sony DCR-SR60 contains a 30GB Hard Disk Drive to store all of your high-quality stills and videos. With 12x Optical/800x Digital Zoom and a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar Lens, everything will be as clear as you remember it. With DVDirect recorder compatibility and pre-packaged software, you can easily transfer, edit, burn and share everything you've captured with your family and friends. Just connect the Handycam(R) station to your PC to store and share your precious moments forever - Special one-touch DVD burn function to your PC's DVD recorder! You can also shoot in 16:9 widescreen or 4:3 aspect-ratios. Super SteadyShot(R) Picture Stabilization System On (LCD) Screen Zoom and Record Buttons Auto and Manual Focus Auto and Manual Exposure Easy PC Backup - Easily back up your footage to your PC using the supplied software. The footage will be stored on your PC's hard drive for archiving purposes and viewing at a later time; the footage is stored by date allowing for quick access. In addition, only new footage is transferred to your PC each time you backup your footage One Touch DVD Burn - Easily burn a DVD copy of your footage using the supplied software. Simply connect your DCR-SR40 to your PC via the Handycam(R) Station and supplied USB cable and press the One Touch DVD Burn button Super NightShot(R) mode Active Interface Shoe Unit Measurements - 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 4 5/8 / Weighs 14 ounce with battery Includes - Power Adapter/In Camera Charger (AC-L15); Rechargeable InfoLithium(R) Battery (NPFP50); Handycam(R) Station; A/V Cable; Application Software, Drivers and Handbook; USB Cable

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Customer Reviews

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Weyand on November 18, 2006
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Can't provide much info of a technical manner, but for home use this camcorder performed perfectly. Most of the video shot so far has been in a gymnasium of my daughter's basketball games. I've had trouble with the same type of setting with both digital cameras and camcorders because at zoom, the light levels record very low. This was not the case with this camcorder, which is the main reason I decided to purchase it in the first place. Overall the camcorder is very easy to operate, it's very point and shoot. When finished shooting it's very easy to put in it's dock and transfer video either directly to DVD or to your computers hard drive for editing and back up. My only complaint would be battery life and cost of extra batteries. The battery that comes with it performed as advertised but it's just a little too short and the purchase of a second battery is a must.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie on January 9, 2007
We bought this particular camcorder because is records directly to a hard drive. We had borrowed someone else camcorder that used mini DVDs and had an issue with the finalization process and lost the first 3 weeks of video of our daughter. We have been extremely happy with the DCR-SR60. The video quality is excellent and very easy to use. It is easy to download to the computer. My only negative would be the very basic program for burning a DVD that SONY provides. So we boght Roxio's Creator version 9 to make our DVDs. Overall, I would definitely recommend this camcorder.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wes on December 19, 2006
I bought this camera thinking that Sony would have improved on the success of their DCR-SR100. The SR60 is a nice camera that is just as compact than the SR100, it weighs less than the SR100 and is still very managable. I love the automatic lens cover and the menu is very easy to use. I hear a lot of people complain about the menu setup, but for me (a point-and-shoot home movie person who almost always relies on automatic mode) it was fine.

It gave GREAT looking outdoor video but I wasn't too hot on the indoor quality; the picture came out a little too blue when an area was lit by overhead lights. When the lighting became even more dim, the picture became very grainy. I'm not saying that the picture was not usable; but for the cost of the camera ($600), I expected a little more.

Like i said earlier, the picture outdoors was very good, everything appeared clear and all the colors appeared correct. I used the camera in several action shot opprotunities and the focus appeared fast enough for me and never gave a blurry image.

The format of the camera (HDD) is awesome. I simply connect the camera, via USB2, to my computer and it detects it as a hard drive. From there its just drag and drop and you're all done. It takes a matter of minutes to tranfer the information, way better than the real time transfering from miniDV tapes. With its 30gb Hard drive, almost 7.5 hours of video, that's 15 miniDVD's. The Hard drive is just more convenient than other formats.

I used the included software and it was very easy to use. One bad thing I didn't like was the software showed the file name on the screen throughout the entire DVD. I could not figure out how to remove it and when I contacted Sony, they said you can not remove it.
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